Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, said in an interview, “And apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help.  This was my son, he wasn’t even there.  He was at a safe house about a mile away.  He got the distress call.  He heard them crying for help.  That’s why he and Glenn risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation.  And I’m sure that she wasn’t the only one that received that distress call: “Come save our lives.”

When I heard that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on, and obviously someone had to say, “Don’t go rescue them.” Because every person in the military, their first response is, “We’re going to go rescue them.” We need to find out who it was that gave that command.”

So who gave that command?

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

Now we know who is taking responsibility for denying support to the consulate and the safe house.

The photo, which is the official one put out by DOD, from the press conference held by Panetta and General Dempsey is horribly eloquent in terms of body language.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended the failure to go in by claiming that the issue was a lack of reliable intel, despite the fact that they had multiple distress calls and a drone overhead.

Blaming a lack of reliable intel is fine if you want to pull away from intervening in Syria, but not when a US diplomatic facility and its personnel are under sustained attack. And how much intel was really needed to send two jets to buzz the area and possibly scare off some of the attackers, who would not have posed any threat to the aircraft?

Although forces were on alert and ready to launch an operation if needed, the US military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Panetta all decided against any intervention as they had no clear picture of events unfolding in Benghazi, he said.

So the buck has been passed to Panetta and Dempsey and Ham. Dempsey is a soulless administration toady and Ham is deeply invested in Libya. Panetta is a Clintonite who is completely expendable, especially if the charges get pinned to Hillary. But Panetta still seems filled with self-loathing and Dempsey looks disgusted with him.

Not doing something because there is no intel is a common excuse in these circles when they don’t want to do something. Just as with Iran, there would never have been enough intel.

And how much intel was needed really? Benghazi had an extended profile and was the cause of the entire Libyan war. The consulate had an extensive intelligence apparatus and the declassified cables we’ve seen are a fraction of the actual classified cables that would have been at Panetta, Dempsey and Ham’s disposal.

They knew about the Islamist militias and had descriptions of their armament from the RSO’s reports. They didn’t know the exact number of attackers or every single possible detail, but you can never really know everything before going in.

“There’s a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told a news conference.

But there were already forces in harm’s way, who were trying to provide some real time intel from their point of view. What Panetta means is that the decision was made not to send aid to them, and it wasn’t about risking more lives, but about the politics of intervening in Libya and offending the Libyans. It was done for the same reason that US soldiers have at times been abandoned without air support in Afghanistan.

“I feel confident that our forces were alert and responsive to what was a very fluid situation,” General Dempsey said, which is one of those strange statements that leaders issue after a complete screw up.

The full transcript of the conference was fairly well hidden on the site, but turned up here, it shows the full exchanges.

  Q:  Can I follow up on that?  One of the reasons we’ve heard that there wasn’t a more robust response right away is that there wasn’t a clear intelligence picture over Benghazi, to give you the idea of where to put what forces.

But when there was, in fact, a drone over the CIA annex and there were intelligence officials fighting inside the annex, I guess the big question is, with those two combined assets, why there wasn’t a clear intelligence picture that would have given you what you needed to make some moves, for instance, flying, you know, F-16s over the area to disperse fighters or — or dropping more special forces in.

SEC. PANETTA:  You know, let me — let me speak to that, because I’m sure there’s going to be — there’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.

We — we quickly responded, as General Dempsey said, in terms of deploying forces to the region. We had FAST platoons in the region. We had ships that we had deployed off of Libya. And we were prepared to respond to any contingency and certainly had forces in place to do that.

But — but the basic principle here — basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place. And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, General Ham, General Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.

Q:  So the drone, then, and the forces inside the annex weren’t giving enough of a clear picture is what you’re saying.

SEC. PANETTA:  This — this happened within a few hours and it was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening.

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  • LindaRivera

    Bible Genesis 4:10 And God said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground".

    The Obama-Clinton administration have blood on their hands. It is clear they wanted the ambassador and other innocents to be put to death by Muslim savages.

    Who can be safe with such ruthless leaders? NO ONE! Not a single one of our military or anyone else is safe!

    STOP FORCING OUR MILITARY TO DIE FOR ISLAM! Bring our military home now!

  • Larry Silverstein

    This happened with the USS LIBERTY & President Johnson refused aid to the ship that was being attacked by Israelis.

    The Israelis & Johnson wanted the USS LIBERTY to be sunk, WITH ALL HANDS ON BOARD, so Egypt could be blamed.

    Go figure why Obama refused military to his Ambassador & the others with him.

    • Kufar Dawg

      The USS Liberty was sailing into the middle of the 6 Day War. Who in their right mind sails into the middle of a war zone?

    • Pip Power


      I tried for months to figure out why Muslims were allowed to swarm into Europe & America & then last night I had my EUREKA thought. The Council on Foreign Relations!

      Europe's population is plummeting downwards & women are refusing to have more than 2 children. The explosion of homosexuality in Europe & the USA is adding to the problem. Feminism has lost the run of itself & is destroying marriage. Crime is gone through the roof & liberals condemn the Death Penalty. Jewish Banksters are destroying the Free World Money Markets & must be replaced with Islamic Banking. Sharia Law, with a few adjustments could be the best thing for Europe & America.

      And on top of that the CFR, with their CIA agents, are causing the situation for SECULAR GOVERNMENTS to be removed in the Middle East & Fundamentalist Muslims to take their place. A dominant religion keeps its people ignorant & subdued. The CFR & its agents have murdered thousands of professors & other educated people in Iraq, Libya, Egypt etc. The plan is to turn the Muslim clock back & the Imams are happy with that. Keep the women/people ignorant!

      Feminism, just like Communism & Fascism has devastated the West & brought nothing but unrest.

      Where you can't get them with religion, then you flood the countries with DRUGS. This is one of the reasons why America is in Afghanistan. The Afghan are the biggest suppliers of DRUGS to Europe & America.

      I don't claim to know everything, but I would like for you to ponder on these issues & let me know what you think.



      Why isn't the CFR in the History Books?

  • EdR


  • Infovoyeur

    …and just as in microcosm this bungled event, so a mini-cameo in macrocosm of the same stumbling in front of the whole-scale on-going threat to this nation's safety and survival.

    P.S.–someone recently said the first major response to 9/11 should have been a massive educational campaign of the true situation of "World War IV"etc., disseminated to reach each and every American citizen. Warfare (defensive) through informational truth as weapon to "carpet-bomb" both ignorance-unawareness, and sheer false propaganda. P.P.S.–times grow late, but it would not be too late for such an information-warfare approach (planting seeds for citizen awareness, action…) But who would do it?

  • a concerned person.

    oh bummer. i personally believe thar the present pres. is a sleeper. he changed overnight from a pro ispael to a pro muslim.. unheard of in the history of usa. although i do not live in that country,, i see what's going on from the outside fron a neutral point of view.

  • bojwolb

    Of course, Obama had nothing to do with the order not to go in to help those at that embassy in Libya! His hands are TOTALLY clean! Scientists have also recently discovered that the Earth is flat!